Where to Brunch Near Rice University

Photo courtesy of Punk’s Simple Southern Food

In our Where to Brunch series, we search Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods for the very best brunch offerings.

Set on a picturesque 294-acre campus, there is plenty to experience at Rice University. And nearby, there is also plenty to eat, including these college budget-friendly brunch spots.

Note: This list covers neighborhoods near Rice University, including Rice Village, West University, the Med Center and the Museum District.

Where to Brunch Near Rice University

  • Bosta Kitchen This casual coffee and wine bar is a great spot to hole up and chill out for brunch. Healthy offerings like acai yogurt parfaits, overnight oats, and avocado toast are available all day, while breakfast dishes including buttermilk pancakes, egg and bacon pita wraps, and rancheros omelets can be had until 2pm. There’s also a lineup of leafy salads, burgers and sandwiches, pastas, and ice cream in flavors like cafe sua da. Monday through Friday opens at 7am; Saturday and Sunday opens at 8am. Click here for directions.
  • Glazed, the Doughnut Cafe – Doughnuts for brunch? Yes, please. This all-day doughnut haven pumps out all things glazed, sprinkled, frosted, stuffed, and dipped. Get yeast, filled, and cake varieties in flavors like cinnamon toasted crunch, crème brulee, blueberry glazed, and macon (that’s maple bacon); or go for the gold with a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich rocking a split glazed doughnut as the bun. Sunday through Thursday 6am to 9pm; Friday and Saturday open 24 hours. Click here for directions.
  • Punk’s Simple Southern Food It’s a breakfast biscuit bonanza at this modern Southern charmer. The fluffy, buttery delights can be stuffed with eggs, cheese, and breakfast meats for $4 to $6, or if you really want to splurge, get them loaded with country ham, poached eggs, and roasted jalapeño hollandaise with a side of home fries for $11. On Sundays, the menu expands to include a breakfast biscuit bar, platters of fried bird, and a big ol’ juicy cheeseburger. Saturday 11am to 2pm; Sunday 10am to 2pm. Click here for directions.
  • Sweet Paris Crepêrie & Café Transport yourself to France on a dime with one trip to this adorable crepêrie. Parisienne-style crepes are offered in both the sweet and the savory, from the more traditional smoked ham, gruyere and béchamel or four-berry jam with sweet cream to more inventive numbers filled with things like carnitas, queso fresco, and refried beans or Argentine dulce de leche. Tack on cappuccinos, hot chocolate, and mimosas. Open daily at 8am. Click here for directions.
  • Torchy’s Tacos Breakfast tacos are big and bold at this crowd-pleaser. Meat lovers should try the Ranch Hand, locked and loaded with tender beef fajita, scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, and fiery Diablo sauce. The Migas taco is another fan-favorite, stuffed with eggs and cheese, crisp corn tortillas strips, green chiles, avocado, pico, and tomatillo sauce. If you’re feeling lunch, tacos also come stuffed with things like hand-battered baja shrimp, Jamaican jerk chicken, and smoked beef brisket. Monday through Friday opens at 7am; Saturday and Sunday opens at 8am. Click here for directions.
  • Other great options – Hit Mi Luna for half-off pitchers on Sundays; sip “bottomless” mimosas at Cyclone Anaya’s; get all-day breakfast plates at Buffalo Grille; fill up on crepes, waffles, and coffee at CoCo Crepes, Waffles & Coffee; fill up at the Sunday brunch buffet at Seco’s Latin Cuisine; and check out our list of Museum District and Rice Village/West U brunch spots for a few more splurge-worthy options.
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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .